A Brooklyn man who shot a 22-year-old Astoria Houses resident as he was packing up to move to North Carolina was sentenced by a Queens Supreme Court judge to 20 years to life in prison last week, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comments (9).
U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) and City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) met with city Department of Environmental Protection officials and Woodside residents Monday about chronic flooding along 48th Avenue. Comment.
An out-of-control car smashed into several parked vehicles and an electronics shop along Atlantic Avenue early Saturday morning, killing the driver who had fled from an earlier fender bender in Brooklyn, police said. Comment.
Before the 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, the largest loss of life in the city’s history occurred on a June day in 1904 when more than 1,000 people died when the General Slocum caught fire in the East River off Astoria. Comment.
The gymnasium inside PS 186 The Castlewood School was booming with students’ cheers Monday as nearly 350 of them pounded on the ground with their fists to root for their respective teachers’ teams. Inside the arena of rowdy kids stood 39 instructors at the school ready for battle. Comment.
Officers for the newly-formed “Increase Carpenter Chapter” of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) were installed during a ceremony at the historic Prospect Cemetery Chapel of the Sisters on the campus of York College. Comment.
Citing apparent attempts to beat the system, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) criticized the city Department of Finance, accusing it of allowing delinquent property owners who failed to pay their property taxes to remove their properties from the annual tax lien sale by submitting fraudulent checks. Comment.
MS 226 in South Ozone Park received a visit from two heavyweight educators — one in person and one virtually — last week as the school showed off a piece of new technology that City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) secured for his district. Comment.
FAR ROCKAWAY — A Far Rockaway mother was sentenced to 10 years in prison for violently shaking her 7-month-old daughter, who later died of the injuries she sustained, District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comments (1).
Dozens of volunteers walked overnight at MacNeil Park Saturday as part of the 2012 Relay for Life in College Point. The event raised more than $32,000 for the American Cancer Society, according to the organization’s website. Comment.
Community Board 7 took the United States Tennis Association to task, gave the thumbs up for a zoning change to help a College Point landscaping business and shot down a one-way street proposal at its Monday night meeting. Comment.
Commanding Officer Jason Huerta of the 111th Precinct, said there were a lot of people who contributed to the overall success of the department throughout the year, but for the six honorees at last week’s annual community council awards, their service made the selection process easy. Comments (1).
State Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) went on the offensive Tuesday, saying he is the only candidate in the race for the newly created congressional seat centered around Flushing who has a plan to fix Social Security. Comments (2).
It took Union Rags just over 2 minutes 30 seconds to win the Belmont Stakes, but for both aficionados and casual race fans alike, the 144th edition of the “Test of the Champion” provided an entire day’s worth of spectacle. Comment.
JACKSON HEIGHTS — Two men, one from Jackson Heights and another from Elizabeth, N.J., were arraigned last week on charges of drug possession after state Police Special Investigations Unit officers seized cocaine from them during an investigation in Jackson Heights, the city Special Narcotics Prosecutor’s Office said. Comment.
The seventh-annual Taste of LIC, held at Gantry Plaza State Park, featured more than 50 restaurants and 100 local businesses. The event, which raised money for The Chocolate Factory Theater’s 2012-13 season of dance, theater, music and multimedia performances, was sponsored by TF Cornerstone and JetBlue. Comment.
The mayor ended weeks of speculation about the city’s plans for Willets Point Thursday by unveiling a tweaked vision of the development in which Citi Field would be flanked on both sides by retail and housing. Comments (2).
City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) was banned from dishing out funds to his district Monday amid claims by state investigators that he failed fully cooperate with a probe of a $33,000 state grant that has allegedly gone missing after it was given to a nonprofit headed by the council member. Comments (1).
City School Construction Authority President Lorraine Grillo told a Borough Board meeting Monday that more than 15,676 new school seats for Queens have funding, but the organization is still looking for sites to put them and has a need for 6,380 more. Comment.
A Queens Supreme Court judge is still recuperating after he said a NYPD officer attacked him and other bystanders watching an arrest last week in Jackson Heights, sparking multiple investigations into the incident. Comment.
It’s summertime and the livin’ is easy for one Laurelton musician whose adaptation of “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess” is enjoying a run on Broadway by winning the coveted Tony Award for the best revival of a musical. Comment.
A little more than two weeks before the June 26 Democratic Party primary, the three challengers for southeast Queens’ congressional seat gathered last week in Springfield Gardens, where they laid out their platforms. Comment.
Results from the 2010 U.S. census showed that enough Asian Indians in Queens lacked English proficiency to trigger a federal law requiring an additional written language to be added to voting materials, but which language to pick has been the source of some contention heading into election season. Comments (2).
Vendors, local businesses, shoppers and even some high-kicking martial artists packed 41st Avenue near the Long Island Rail Road station Saturday for the Bayside Village Business Improvement District’s summer arts fair. Comment.
It was a star-studded affair at PS 107 last week, when elementary students from around District 25 trickled into the school’s auditorium to receive awards for community service, leadership or for simply imparting a bit of wisdom to their classmates. Comment.
Bayside allergist Dr. Robert Mittman held his first news conference late last month, where as a self-proclaimed citizen candidate running for the newly created congressional seat centered around Flushing, he sought to portray himself as different from the other three politicians in the Democratic Party primary. Comment.
From the time of his rookie season, when he was the only newbie in the National Football League to start all 16 games at the same position, David Diehl has been a model of dependability for the New York Giants. Comment.